5 Improvements to your home exterior worth considering
The value of your property isn’t determined merely by its location and functionality but also by the design of its exterior. Think about how hard it is to shake off a first impression you’ve made on any topic and then think about what makes you create a first impression of your home. Sure, in theory, the first impression may start at the front door (a topic we’ll definitely reflect on), but the truth is that this begins even sooner, at the driveway. With that in mind and without further ado, here are top five improvements to your home’s exterior that’s worth considering.
The first part of your house that a potential buyer or a visitor gets to interact with are your doors. The front door needs to be in a color that matches its surrounding (porch or façade) and it has to have all of its elements in check. Handle set, door knocker and house number should all be made from the same metal. Sticking to something traditional, something like brass is a choice that simply cannot fail. Naturally, going with an earthy shade of doormat can match these flawlessly. Then again, you also need to pay close attention to elements like the exterior sconce and boxwood planter, which, aren’t necessarily parts of the door, yet, alter its overall appeal.
Making a decent front porch is like adding another room to the house. A person inspecting it will see it as an alternative for a living room during the warmest part of the year and imagine a plethora of pleasant situations in the future with their friends and loved ones on that very same porch. Even if you decide to stay, making a front porch greatly adds to the functionality of your home. The awning or roof structure you place above it also provides some cover for your windows.
Earlier on, we talked about the protection for windows and, while a porch may be a useful method, it’s too much of a hassle to build a porch for something that can be done with something as simple and elegant as window shutters. In the case of a hailstorm or a vicious debris-carrying wind, these shutters can protect your windows, thus ensuring the safety of your property, even guaranteeing for the security of people inside. From the standpoint of privacy, these blinders are yet another massive plus, seeing as how they can open up a room or shut it down completely.
Always keep in mind that some visits take place at night and, if your exterior is your strong feature, you need to ensure that it’s clearly visible. Exterior artificial light is also quite handy as a safety measure, seeing as how burglars often rely on the ability to draw close to the entry point (door, window) with as little visibility as possible. In order to make your household more frugal, you can always go for LED fixtures.
At the end of the day, we come to the issue of the roof, which is a fairly controversial one. On the one hand, it drastically improves the living conditions inside of the place but, on the other hand, it’s not 100 percent sure that you’ll get a positive resale value on this project. In other words, this is best left to those who don’t intend to sell the place in the next several years.
We omitted façade from this list because it’s a complex and expensive endeavor which probably costs more than you planned to invest and doesn’t bring nearly as great of a resale value. Needless to say, some may claim the same for the roof, as well. Still, with the above-listed five upgrades, you get the best ROI for a convenient investment or the greatest overall lifestyle improvement for the money invested.